The prestigious 2015 AEWA Award recently conferred to Colonel Abdoulaye Ndiaye in Bonn, Germany, was presented to the media at a press briefing this Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 in the conference room of Wetlands International office in Africa. Colonel Ndiaye said he will never relent his commitment to fight for the conservation of waterbirds.
Wetlands International Africa Headquarters today hosted a press conference featuring Colonel Abdoulaye Ndiaye and journalists from different Senegalese media houses. This information sharing with media professionals was the opportunity for the 2015 award winner of the Agreement on the Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds African-Eurasian (AEWA), to also talk about his experience from a rich career on waterbirds and biodiversity conservation in Senegal, in Africa and the world.
Colonel Ndiaye said Senegal has been even more honoured with the award on his modest person in the individual category and the Inter Village Association in the institutional category Ndiaël local communities.
''Our country, Senegal, has always played a leading role in the ratification process of this very important instrument for the conservation of migratory waterbirds, which an essential part of biodiversity. It is a great honour and a pleasure to have been honoured in the presence of my peers '' said Col. Ndiaye this Tuesday, December 8th while presenting the AEWA 2015 award presented to him on 09th November in Bonn, Germany for his involvement in the conservation of migratory waterbirds.
''I consider this award as a payoff to the multiple efforts and initiatives I had to take throughout my career. Undoubtedly, it is also the result of the efforts of a nation that is always at the forefront, as part of strengthening its conservation policy. With its special geographical position, Senegal is an important migratory corridor for waterbird migration from Eurasia to Africa,'' said the associate expert of Wetlands International and former agent of the National Parks Directorate (DPN) Senegal.
Colonel Abdoulaye Ndiaye is the first African to win the prestigious award. As the brain behind lots of wetland management plans in West Africa and as a trainer of a large number of focal points on the issue, he is honored by AEWA that covers 255 species of birds and brings together 119 countries with 75 Contracting Parties including 35 African states.
The AEWA waterbirds Conservation Award was established in 2005 by the Standing Committee of AEWA.
Pape Diomaye THIARE
Communications and Media Coordinator
Wetlands International Africa
Phone: +221 33 869 16 81